Standard Liege's American defender Oguchi Onyewu is out of contract in June 2009 and he has already expressed a desire to move to a bigger challenge. After the summer 2008 transfer season passed without an expected transfer, Onyewu ended up staying on at Liege.
While most observers figure Gooch will be sold during the January 2009 transfer window, word out of the Standard camp is that they still want to extend his contract beyond 2009. While its not clear which clubs (most likely in France) are interested in a mid-season transfer, its doubtful Liege will be able to offer a competitive pay package unless they pick up a new sponsor. Only time will tell.